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International Divorce, the Hague, &
Japanese Family Law
Aug 14th, 2010

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Osaka did a story about international divorce and the state of Family Law in Japan. They focused on 2 cases, Craig Morrey and Yuka Yamanaka. Craig’s ex moved to Yamaguchi-ken with their daughter and left Craig to care for his severely handicapped son all by himself. Craig rarely gets to meet his daughter. Craig, as most divorced parents, is extremely unhappy with the family court system. He is working with many people in Japan and America to change the Family Law System in Japan. Yuka’s children live in America and her ex refuses to let the [Continue Reading...]

Interview with Colin Jones about Japanese
Family Law
Aug 3rd, 2010

Colin Jones is a law professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto. He has studied Japanese Family Law, Child Custody, Divorce, and Parental Abduction for the last 6 years. He did an interview in the summer of 2009 about Japanese Family Courts and why they do what they do. The interview can be found on youtube. As always Colin is very incite-full. If you want to learn more about the Family Court System in Japan please watch the 50 minute interview. (It is a five part series each being 10 minutes).

Two Recent Articles by Masako Akeo on
the Need for Joint Custody
Jul 5th, 2010

Masako Akeo has had 2 articles published recently related to the need for joint custody. In the first article she talks about the rights of a child, suing Keiko Chiba (Minister of Justice), and being prohibited from going to her son’s school. But more importantly she mentions the need for joint custody. Many other nations have a joint custody system in place and children have regular and meaningful contact with both parents on a weekly basis. The article also mentions Kozue Sugano a left behind Japanese mother whose child was taken to Bangladesh by her Bangladeshi ex-husband. Kozue has no [Continue Reading...]

New Left Behind Fathers Group in Nagoya
Jun 30th, 2010

A new group was formed in Nagoya. The name is “中部・共同親権法制化運動の会”(Chubu Joint Custody Association for the legislation of joint nurture). On Sunday the group met near Oasis 21 in Sakae. Six left behind fathers handed out flyers about the need for joint custody. These father’s took turns speaking via a microphone about what happens to parents after divorce and how Japan is behind the rest of the civilized world in terms of family law. They also spoke about the need for civil law reform. A group of 6 teenagers stopped to learn more. The said that their parents or their [Continue Reading...]

From the Shadows. A documentary film
that examines parental abduction and
retention in Japan
Jun 25th, 2010

Last night there was a pre-screening of a film called “From the Shadows” a film by David Hearn and Matt Antell. I personally found the film to be very informative and really driving home the severe abduction problem in Japan. There are even Japanese government officials quoted to the effect that abduction is an acceptable cultural practice in Japan. Seeing the horrifying cases of abduction and outright acceptable mental child-abuse practices in Japan was alarming. Seeing the treatment of children in Japan in this film makes it difficult to believe Japan is a 21st century civilized nation. This is a [Continue Reading...]

K-Net and IAPCR Press conference
Jun 18th, 2010

Yesterday K-Net and IAPCR did a joint press conference in Toranomon in Tokyo. There were several reporters from the Japanese media in attendance and we hope the conference helps get the word out to Japanese community.

Japanese Supreme Court Video that No One Can See
May 2nd, 2010

Two articles concerning a secret Supreme Court Video were posted in the April 20th edition of the Japan Times. What kind of video does the Supreme Court want to keep secret? Well, this video is about divorce and what parents must consider when they live apart. How are the children affected? Kevin’s article talks about how the courts fail, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and the recent pressure from 8 nations asking Japan to sign the Hague. (Follow the link below to read the whole [Continue Reading...]

Study Session about Reforming Japanese Family Law
Apr 29th, 2010

On Sunday the 25th of April a study session related to reforming family law was held in Kyoto. The study session was sponsored by Oyako-net Kansai. The keynote speaker was Mr. Nonoyama a lawyer who practices in the Kansai area. Nonoyama sensei is good friends with Tanase sensei (another lawyer based in Tokyo) who is also interested in reforming family law in Japan. One of the first things Nonoyama sensei said was it is too easy to get a divorce in Japan. You only have to sign a sheet of paper to get a divorce. There are no requirements (as [Continue Reading...]

Diet Debate on Hague and Joint Custody
Apr 13th, 2010

We have uploaded a video clip of a debate in the Diet on Japan signing the Hague convention and Joint Custody issues.

Raising awareness about joint custody and family law reform in Kyoto, Japan
Feb 25th, 2010

Oyako-net Kansai was handing out flyers to raise awareness about joint custody in Japan. They are also petitioning the diet to reform Family Law in Japan. Now Japan is the only G-7 country that does not have joint custody as the norm and they are also the only G-7 country that has not signed the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.

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